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Tried It: Coconut Oil Hair Treatment

Written by Ariana Palmieri
Everyone loves coconut oil as a hair treatment. But why? What's so great about it?
Well, I decided to see for myself. Check it out:
 Pardon my messy look, but this is the coconut oil I used to treat my hair.

How much I used: Enough to cover my whole head

Hair type: Naturally more oily with dry/split ends

How long I left it in my hair: Approximately 1 hour

How long whole experiment took: Approximately 2-3 hours (read why in 'what happened')

How many washes it took to get it out: Four - not counting when I tried to wash it out in the sink! 
 Before I thoroughly washed my hair, left, and after I washed my hair.
You can clearly see the difference in both my hair and happiness level.

What happened: I added globs of the coconut oil to my hair - mainly focusing on my dry ends. I wasn't sure how much to use so I didn't measure it. After my whole head was covered, I secured it in a bun with a clip. Some articles I read suggest putting on a shower cap, but I didn't have one so I skipped that part. I was originally going to wait just 30 minutes and then take a shower, but I got caught up doing mundane tasks. Instead, I waited a whole hour. I figured that would be okay, considering some people like to leave it in as an overnight treatment. When I took a shower, it was hard to tell if I had gotten it all out, but I shampooed it three times. Unfortunately, when I got out of the shower and blew out my hair, I was unhappy with the results. Apparently I hadn't washed my hair enough because it was super stringy and greasy. I tried to wash it out in the sink using hand soap - yeah, I know, stupid  - to no avail, so I went back in the shower. This time I shampooed for a longer duration and got it all out. This time the results were completely different. My hair was full of shine, volume, and vigor. Not only that, but it was super soft, which even carried into the next day! I got a bunch of compliments on my hair too, which was nice.

 Oily roots, left, were the result of not thoroughly washing my hair the first time.
After the fourth wash, my hair looked shiny and soft (thank god).

Conclusion: Everyone should give this a shot! It works - but it's a pain to wash out. Coconut oil is very greasy, which can weigh down the hair. But if you thoroughly shampoo your hair, you should be fine. In the end, your hair will thank you.

5 Easy Ways to De-stress

Written by Ariana Palmieri
"Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow."
Do you relate to this Swedish proverb?
Maybe it's time you stop worrying and de-stress.
Here are 5 simple ways to feel more at ease:

1. Breathe and take in your surroundings
It's easy to get caught up in the moment. The solution is simple: breathe. Close your eyes and take in a few deep breaths through your nose, then out through your mouth. Do this at least five times, or until you feel you're ready to open your eyes. When you do open them, really observe your surroundings. Try to concentrate on the littlest details, like the details on your fingers, the pattern on someone's shoes, or the smells caught in the air. Focusing on where you are now is essential to quiet your mind and live in the moment.

2. Soak your feet in lavender water
If you're constantly on the run, your feet deserve a break. Give yourself a treat by adding 6 - 10 drops of lavender essential oil into a basin of warm water. When you immerse your feet into the water, you'll be surprised at how relaxing it is! Let your feet soak for 2-5 minutes. This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a good book or magazine. After you're done, simply wipe your feet with a towel. If you want to take it one step further, give your feet a little message afterwards.

3. Color (or draw) something
I'm sure I'm not the first to say this, but coloring is actually good for adults too. Not only is coloring fun, but it's also proven to help develop fine motor skills and train the brain to focus. Drawing is also relaxing, so both activities are a good choice. If you feel artistically inept, no worries. There are so many amazing coloring books that require little to no drawing skill, such as The Nature Coloring Book, The Animal Kingdom Coloring Book, and much more.

4. Go for a walk
Sometimes, all we need is a little fresh air. Go for a walk and enjoy the sights, whether it's at the park or just around the block. Connecting with nature, even if it's with something as minuscule as an ant on the ground or something as huge as an oak tree, can be incredibly healing. Spending time outside will help you digest your own thoughts better and make you feel more included in the world around you.

5. Drink some tea
Tea dates back to 2737 B.C. According to an ancient fable, the Chinese emperor Shen Nong was the one to discover tea. Tea offers many health benefits, aiding in heart health and cancer prevention. The best teas to drink when you want to de-stress are chamomile, lavender, and passionflower. Just add honey and you're good to go!